If you know where to look, there is still treasure to be found in the heart of Africa
This is a bespoke 10 day Wildlife and Cultural Safari taking in some of the highlights of Kenya,
If you know where to look, there is still treasure to be found in the heart of Africa
This is a bespoke 10 day Wildlife and Cultural Safari taking in some of the highlights of Kenya,
Combining the highlights of Uganda & Kenya in this wonderful adventure safari holiday. Visit the Nile River in Jinja, the cheeky chimps on Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria before crossing into Kenya. Here you will see the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate National Park and the world famous Masai Mara.
Uganda - Your journey begins in Entebbe, Uganda. Highlights include a boat trip on Lake Victoria visiting Ngamba Island and the chimpanzees. In Jinja, you'll camp in full view of the impressive River Nile, where we will take a village walk and help with a local school community project.
Welcome to East Africa! Join Safari Joe for a unique opportunity to visit Kenya and participate in a month long life changing experience. You will have the chance to trek in the Great Rift Valley with the Masai and sleep in bush camps in the wild, visit a stunnning little national park on foot and learn about the wildlife, spend a few days amongst the local community and help in a school or on volunteer projects in the area. During your visit you will take part in some amazing activities that will improve living standards for local communities and help protect wildlife habitats. Giving something back to the world can be a highly rewarding and motivating experience. Visit one of the worlds most amazing parks the Masai Mara and then camp on the beach along the stunning Indian Ocean coastline. Sounds like fun then read on ....................................................................
Your Adventure is divided up into five stages, this will give you plenty of opportunity to enjoy your expedition to the maximum and get the most out of it. This is a full participation expedition!
The acclimatisation stage makes up the first part of your expedition. Spend some time at the start of your trip finding your feet in your destination. Completing tasks such as exchanging money, learning to put up and down your tent and going on a Guided Hike/Cycle in Hell's Gate National Park, all help you adjust to your surroundings. The aim of this stage is to get used to the new culture and climate you find yourself in.
Cooking Preparation Day
Your acclimatisation will consist of a food shopping spree and cooking lesson. A Kenyan Cook (Mpishi in Swahili) takes you to a local market and shows you the wide range of ingredients available. You will also be told their Swahili names and fair prices to pay for them. After your shopping spree, you take the ingredients back to camp, where you are shown how to use them to create delicious, filling, nutritious and affordable meals. Kitchen hygiene and safe food preparation are part of the training.
Teams complete an overnight trek to ease into the physical exertion and teamwork required later in the expedition. Physical fitness and mental stamina are tested in this stage, so it is important that everyone takes fitness training seriously before setting off on expedition. This stage aims to build teamwork and leadership in the face of challenging physical activity and unfamiliar environments.
Experience the thrill of hiking through some of the world's most incredible environments as you hike along the floor of the Great Rift Valley and climb Mount Suswa, accompanied by the Masai. This is an amazing opportunity to spend time exploring the local region. On your trek, you may also learn about survival skills, discover local village ways of life with your guide or learn about natural habitats and wildlife.
Give back to your host country by working on projects to enrich the local community. Teams become immersed in daily life, offering an unrivalled cultural experience. The project stage is often cited by adventurers as the time that had the deepest impact on them. The more proactive the teams are, the more they gain from the experience. At Safari Joe, we support long-term commitments to the community to create a sustainable project site. Efforts are about collaboration, not simply a donation. The expedition team work alongside local people to make a meaningful contribution to the needs of a community or area. They work on a specific task as well as a number of soft-skill initiatives like teaching, sports, reading and playing games with children.
Typical manual labour tasks: renovating school facilities, plastering and painting; building additional school classrooms, teacher housing, dormitories or toilet blocks; establishing a clean water supply; designing playgrounds; planting vegetable gardens; mending or putting up fencing; building traditional housing for vulnerable members of a community.
Typical tasks: working alongside rangers to build camps to launch anti-poaching patrols; carrying out maintenance on pathways, signage and facilities; tree planting and reforestation; recycling and the environment.
At the end of your Project Stage you will be rewarded with a two day safari into the Masai Mara National Reserve, here you will be able to sit back and relax and enjoy some of the best game viewing on earth.
Rest & Relaxation Stage
Chill out with some downtime and enjoy adventures and cultural activities. This stage is designed to let the team unwind as we head to the Kenyan Coast and enjoy cultural and adventure activities, such as snorkelling in the Indian Ocean among exotic marine life. Low-key activities could include relaxing on a beach or exploring the cultural sites. Every destination has some form of local market for souvenir hunting, so there is always an excuse to shop!
Typically, this stage falls at the end of your itinerary, allowing you to reflect on the achievements throughout the expedition during some downtime. However, a lot of destinations have so many potential activities spread across the country that you may find there are options to intersperse your itinerary with a few bits of R&R. Safety is paramount, so for all of our activities we have audited and approved suppliers and we are confident to put you in their hands.
The cost of the expedition is £1,500 per person (Minimum of 10 passengers)
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Our Signature Safari! In just two weeks you will explore some of the most magnificent areas of Kenya. From the award winning Masai Mara National Reserve to the world class exotic Diani Beach. This is an adventure safari which includes activities such as cycling in Hell's Gate National Park, walking with the Masai in the Masai Mara and sailing in a traditional fishing boat on the Indian Ocean.
Explore the rich culture that Kenya has to offer on this 3 week adventure safari. Visit traditional bustling markets, cycle through Hell's Gate National Park, visit the world famous Masai Mara, enjoy a day helping in a local school and then head to the Indian Ocean and relax on Diani Beach.
Take a break to the magical Masai Mara known as one of Africa's Greatest Wildlife Reserves.The Mara is famous for the abundance of the big cats, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Masai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress. The Masai Mara Ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in world and this is where over TWO MILLION Wildebeest, Zebra and Thompsons gazelle migrate annually.
A popular day trip to visit the historic city of Mombasa. Highlights include a guided tour of Fort Jesus and the Old Town, a tuk-tuk ride to a local Swahili restaurant for lunch and an afternoon at Haller Park, enjoying the wildlife.
Let us share with you the heart and magic of this exhilarating yet mysterious continent. On this epic Ugandan adventure you will visit some of the more rural locations in this breath-taking country. Camp on a private island in the mighty Nile River, take a tour of some of the local villages on foot. Explore the scenic Lake Mburo National Park and take in the peace and tranquillity of Mpanga Forest Reserve.
We suggest that you depart from London Heathrow Airport with Qatar Airways at 2130hrs.
It is here that our safari begins, upon arrival into Entebbe International Airport at 1305hrs, Safari Joe will meet you and just a short drive away is our campsite, situated in a quiet tropical suburb. Entebbe is located on the vast shores of Lake Victoria, the world's second largest freshwater body, shared between Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
Leaving the sleepy shores of Entebbe we head into Kampala, the economic and social hub of Uganda, built across seven hills; although they lie only 40km apart, the twin cities of Kampala and Entebbe, (present and former capital of Uganda respectively) could scarcely be more different in character. After a quick stop in Kampala we are soon out onto the open roads through rural towns and villages, on our drive we will pass by vast tea and coffee estates and sugar cane plantations along the roadside before we reach Jinja where we will spend the night at the Backpackers.
Departing from Jinja and beginning our drive towards Mbale, we soon pass rural Ugandan villages, small towns and roadside markets. Mbale nestled in the foothills of Mt Elgon is where we start our drive up the mountain to the small trading centre of Budadiri and Roses Last Chance. A delicious dinner prepared by Rose will be waiting for our arrival.
Today is a free day to explore the area and visit the Sironko Demonstration School. You can visit the market, an interesting area in this mountain community. There will be plenty of free time to wander around and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this friendly town.
A free day to spend with Rose enjoying the hospitality and relaxation at the campsite, there will be the chance to learn how to make some mandazi, chapati and other local food for our feast tonight, including a spit roast pig!
We bid farewell to Rose and head back down the mountain towards the bustling town of Jinja, Uganda fourth largest town. Jinja, has an attractively lush location on the northern shore of Lake Victoria above the Ripon Falls, identified by Speke in 1862 as the Source of the Nile (Victoria Nile), but later submerged following the construction of the Owen Falls Dam; the River Nile is the world longest river, flowing for 6,650km and it is from here that it begins its journey north into the Mediterranean in Egypt. We camp alongside the Nile River in full view of the scenic Lake Bujagali; our campsite is surrounded by picturesque villages.
There will be plenty of opportunities to interact with the friendly locals and learn a little about their way of life. There will also be time for participating in the optional activities of white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horse riding and quad biking in the local village or bungee jumping. If you are after a more relaxing time, you can just sit back and watch the local fishermen glide by in their dug-out canoes and enjoy the huge variety of birdlife in camp.
Later in the afternoon when it is cooler we will head off on foot into the villages on a guided walk, gaining an insight into a traditional Ugandan rural way of life, we will learn about how the food is grown, harvested and stored, how the local brews are prepared, usually many children accompany us hand in hand on this walk proud to show off their homesteads, at the end of our visit we are spoilt with a delicious Ugandan meal.
Departing Bujagali we head into Jinja for a day of shopping, stocking up, email, eating and drinking!! There will be plenty of opportunity to explore this fantastic town, the market, shops etc. If you would like to get local clothes made or shop for curios it is also a great opportunity to do so here. Early afternoon we depart for a short drive up to Hairy Lemon Island where we will cross over to the island by canoe.
Wake up and enjoy life on the Island, two free days of relaxing and exploring. There are plenty of places to take a swim, play some ball games or simply put your feet up and chill. Tuck into the scrumptious meals served in the restaurant and enjoy the peaceful starlit evenings. There will also be chance to go fishing, relax in the infinity pool and play water volleyball.
Crossing back to the mainland and heading back down to Jinja we drive back through Kampala, we will stop and shop on the way. Once we have passed through we are back on the open roads and heading west to Mpanga Forest Reserve. The reserve protects an extensive patch of rainforest. With over 180 species of birds and many species of butterflies and trees, on foot we follow the excellent network of forest trails with our experienced guide, where we will learn about the many medicinal values of the plants and trees, and identify some of the colourful species of birds and butterflies.
As shafts of light penetrate the overhead canopy of trees we are awoken by a chorus of birds signalling the break of dawn. We depart for Lake Mburo National Park, passing vast Papyrus Swamps and the Drum Markets. We also cross the Equator on our drive today, where will make a stop to observe the natural phenomenon of water passing through a funnel! Arriving during the afternoon in the National Park we will make our way to our camp situated near the shore of the lake.
A full day exploring this unique National Park including: game drives, guided walks and a motorboat trip on the lake. The park supports a healthy concentration of wildlife including impala, zebra, waterbuck, topi, buffalo, sitatunga, hippo, eland, baboons, hyena, leopard, jackal and otters.
One of the highlights is a guided walk with an armed ranger and a boat cruise. The park is also excellent for bird watching with over 300 species recorded.
After breakfast we depart Lake Mburo and head back to the lively capital of Kampala in time to get changed and enjoy a fun Saturday night at the Backpackers!
A relaxed morning in camp, after brunch we will drive to Entebbe in time to meet your evening flight home. Departure from Entebbe Airport with Qatar Airways is 1750hrs.
Arrival back into London Heathrow is 0715hrs.
£1,499 per person camping
£1,999 per person in rooms, bandas and luxury tents
(minimum 2 people sharing)
All activities, sightseeing, National Parks, entrance fees as per itinerary:
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This is a full day trip to the Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park which is found off the Kenyan Coast about 50km south of Diani, near the Tanzania border. This breathtaking marine park offers some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world.
The Ultimate Uganda Wildlife Safari. Visit the chimps and the mountain gorillas in their natural wild habitat. Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park and Ziwa Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend time relaxing in the pristine Mpanga Forest Reserve and camp close to the banks of the mighty Nile River.
21 DAY UGANDAN WILDLIFE EXPEDITION
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Day 1 - Saturday - Depart London
We would suggest depart from London Heathrow Airport with Qatar Airways at 2130hrs (overnight flight).
Day 2 - Sunday - Arrival into Entebbe, Uganda
It is here that your safari begins, upon arrival into Entebbe International Airport, Safari Joe will meet you and just a short drive away is the campsite. Entebbe is located on the vast shores of Lake Victoria, the world's second largest freshwater body, shared between Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
Day 3 - Monday - Entebbe to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Leaving the sleepy shores of Entebbe we head into Kampala, built across seven hills; although they lie only 40km apart, the twin cities of Kampala and Entebbe, (present and former capital of Uganda respectively) could scarcely be more different in character. After a quick stop in Kampala we are soon out onto the open roads through rural towns and villages, we pass sugar cane plantations and papyrus swamps along the roadside before we reach Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary late afternoon.
Day 4 & 5 - Tuesday & Wednesday - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Day 6 - Thursday - Travel to Kibale
As we depart Ziwa we head to the town of Masindi and stock up for the next few days, including a visit to the local African market. The road to Kibale is a long but incredibly beautiful drive passing through sugar, tea and forest plantations along the way. We will arrive late afternoon and set up camp by the beautiful Crater Lake.
Day 7 & 8 - Friday & Saturday - Chimp Trekking Kibale
We are based at Crater Lake for two days, where you will be able to visit the Chimps at Kibale Forest. Kibale's most popular activity is the Kanyanchu Primate Walk. Thirteen species of primates can be found, but the stars of this trail are the chimpanzees. Kanyanchu's chimps have been tracked since 1993 and the chances of locating them are excellent. Guided walks start at 8am and 2pm and last an average of three hours, depending on various factors. Time spent with Chimps is limited to one hour.
On the day that you are not with the chimps there are plenty of activities at the lake to keep you busy including: canoeing and swimming, fishing, bird watching, walks of the crater lakes region, waterfalls and caves or you can just choose to relax.
Day 9 - Sunday - Travel to Queen Elizabeth NP
This morning you will cross the equator and drive alongside the foothills of the magnificent Rwenzori Mountains as you head to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you will stay for two nights. Queen Elizabeth National Park has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any national park in the world, over 500 different bird species and about 100 mammal species. Sleeping in a National Park is second to none as hippos come out to eat, and many animals pass through the campsite during the night!
Day 10 - Monday - Queen Elizabeth NP and Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise
Day 11 - Tuesday - Lake Bunyonyi
We game drive as we leave Queen Elizabeth and head towards Kabale, we will shop and then head to Lake Bunyonyi "Place of many little birds" where you can relax for the afternoon. This scenic lake has 29 islands which include Punishment Island and Bushara Island. It is a popular location for water sports and is known for the surrounding terraced hillsides. Our campsite for the night is right on the lakes edge.
Day 12 - Wednesday - Drive to Bwindi
The drive to Bwindi in itself is nothing short of spectacular, we traverse kilometres of narrow winding dirt roads passing small Ugandan villages; there are terraced farms all along this hilly region close to the borders of Rwanda and the Congo, perhaps one of the most breathtaking roads in the world!
Day 13 & 14 - Thursday & Friday - Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
four locations, starting at 8:30am daily. Following a briefing, visitors embark on a forest trek lasting from a few hours up to a full day, depending on the location of the gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest. Tours are limited to a maximum of eight people and visitors spend a maximum of one hour in the company of the gorillas in order to minimize behavioural disturbance and risk of disease transmission.
Depending on availability our permits may be on two different days, therefore on the day that you are not trekking the gorillas there is plenty to do in this picturesque region, including village walks, cultural visits and guided forest walks or just to relax in the beautiful campsite.
Day 15 - Saturday - Travel to Mbarara
After breakfast we leave Bwindi and head to Mbarara, stopping to shop in Kabale on the way.
Day 16 - Sunday - Travel to Mpanga Forest
Back on the open roads we head to Mpanga Forest Reserve. The reserve protects an extensive patch of rainforest. With over 180 species of birds and many species of butterflies and trees, on foot we follow the excellent network of forest trails with our experienced guide, where we will learn about the many medicinal values of the plants and trees, and identify some of the colourful species of birds and butterflies.
Day 17 - Monday -Travel to Kampala
As shafts of light penetrate the overhead canopy of trees we are awoken by a chorus of birds signalling the break of dawn. Leaving Mpanga we head towards Kampala, passing vast Papyrus Swamps and the Drum Markets.
Day 18 - Tuesday - Travel to Jinja
Today we have a relaxed morning in camp and a visit to the capital city of Uganda, Kampala before we head off to Jinja for some R & R and adrenalin activities.
Day 19 & 20 - Wednesday & Thursday - Jinja
There will be plenty of opportunities to participate in the optional activities of white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horse riding and quad biking in the local village or bungee jumping. If you are after a more relaxing time, you can just sit back and watch the local fishermen glide by in their dug-out canoes and enjoy the huge variety of birdlife in camp.
Day 21 Friday - Jinja to Entebbe
A relaxed morning in camp, after brunch we will drive to Entebbe in time to meet your evening flight home. We suggest you fly from Entebbe Airport with Qatar Airways at 1750hrs (overnight flight).
Cost of Safari is - £1,950 per person (minimum 10 passengers)
Price is valid for 2014-2015 Bookings
Please note that gorilla and chimp trekking permits are subject to availability, only a small number of permits are issued per day and must be purchased well in advanced, especially during peak season, once you have paid your expedition deposit we will endeavour to purchase both permits for you. Please note we may adjust the itinerary to maximise our likelihood of obtaining the required permits.
REMEMBER THIS IS AFRICA AND OCCASIONALLY THINGS MAY NOT ALWAYS GO TO PLAN!!!
HOWEVER USUALLY PLAN B IS THE STORY YOU WILL REMEMBER THE MOST AFFECTIONATELY!!!
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Join Safari Joe on a fabulous Shimba Hills Safari Day Trip to the beautiful Shimba Hills National Reserve in Kenya. As well as games drives in this lovely little park, our full day itinerary includes a Waterfall Walk to the stunning Sheldrick Falls as well as taking the roads less travelled through the rural villages to get home, all in 4x4 Safari Style with a top guide!